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September 9, 2011 1:23:42 PM

Bit stuck and need to know which is better?

The AMD Phenom II x4 840 3.2ghz with a Nvidia GTX 550 Ti 1GB graphics card.

Or

The Intel Core i3 2120 3.3ghz with the same Nvidia card?

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September 9, 2011 1:34:09 PM

For gaming the i3 definitely, not for gaming its 50/50.
Anonymous
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September 9, 2011 1:36:24 PM

I'm looking to get a custom gaming desktop built and its a choice between those two for the price. Does Intel win across the board for gaming?
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September 9, 2011 1:40:59 PM

if the game only takes advantage of two cores then the intel wins. but if it takes advantage of all 4 then somtimes the phenom will win.
i recommend waiting a month and see what bulldozer brings with the fx 4100 and what it costs.
but that might just be me.
but here is a benchmark to show you the 2120 and a phenom II x4 955. the 955 does 5-10 better than the 840 which isnt shown.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i3-21...
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September 9, 2011 1:41:16 PM

Very low budget the Athlon x 3s compete with the Pentium GXXX series the Athlon is a bit cheaper and beats the lower pentiums, also the Athlon can unlock and overclock which the Gs can't. Low-Medium budget the i3 2100 competes with the 955BE the 2100 wins except if you overclock the 955BE. Above that for gaming the i5 2500K beats anything else.
Anonymous
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September 9, 2011 1:55:27 PM

It's just that so far the unit costs about 550gbp and i wanted the i5 2500k but its an extra 110 and then i need a monitor on top. So i'm still deciding if its worth that much more?
September 9, 2011 2:19:34 PM

Im more of and amd fanboy because mostly people say its cheaper for the same performance as intel. correct me if im wrong. i also find amd proccesors or easier to learn and install for beginers.
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September 9, 2011 2:56:43 PM

You are wrong, AMD cannot possibly be cheaper for the same performance, if it cannot give the same performance, can it?
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September 9, 2011 3:23:02 PM

yummerzzz said:
You are wrong, AMD cannot possibly be cheaper for the same performance, if it cannot give the same performance, can it?


Way to miss the point.
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September 9, 2011 3:31:39 PM

caseycole645 said:
Im more of and amd fanboy because mostly people say its cheaper for the same performance as intel. correct me if im wrong. i also find amd proccesors or easier to learn and install for beginers.


yummerzzz said:
You are wrong, AMD cannot possibly be cheaper for the same performance, if it cannot give the same performance, can it?


FinneousPJ said:
Way to miss the point.



How so?
Anonymous
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September 9, 2011 3:55:10 PM

farrengottu said:
if the game only takes advantage of two cores then the intel wins. but if it takes advantage of all 4 then somtimes the phenom will win.
i recommend waiting a month and see what bulldozer brings with the fx 4100 and what it costs.
but that might just be me.
but here is a benchmark to show you the 2120 and a phenom II x4 955. the 955 does 5-10 better than the 840 which isnt shown.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i3-21...


Thank you for the benchmark link that's helped me decide etc.

simon12 said:
Very low budget the Athlon x 3s compete with the Pentium GXXX series the Athlon is a bit cheaper and beats the lower pentiums, also the Athlon can unlock and overclock which the Gs can't. Low-Medium budget the i3 2100 competes with the 955BE the 2100 wins except if you overclock the 955BE. Above that for gaming the i5 2500K beats anything else.


Thank you for the general information, I think i've decided :) 
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September 9, 2011 7:28:32 PM

yummerzzz said:
How so?


Given a certain budget of X, 0 < X < 200$ (about), AMD offers more cores and thus superior multithreaded performance than Intel. For example, a 100$ X4 BE should match a 130$ SB i3.
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September 10, 2011 1:42:21 AM

Click below for some benchmarks.

The Phenom II X4 840 is not available, so I selected the faster Phenom II X4 940. It is 100MHz faster than the 840 and it also has a L3 cache which the 840 lacks.

The Core i3-2120 is not available, so I selected the slower Core i3-2100 which is 200MHz slower than than the i3-2120.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/80?vs=289

The i3-2100 can beat the PII X4 940 in most of the benchmarks (including all games).
- SysMark 2007 is a synthetic benchmark in which the i3 loose. However, how many people really take synthetic benchmarks seriously anyway when real benchmarks are available?
- The PII X4 940 can beat the i3 in x264 video encoding. This makes the PII a better CPU if you are really interested in encoding video rather than playing games.
- The i3 marginally looses to the PII in 3DSMax SPECapc and some other 3DSMax benchmarks. The difference is less than 2% and is small enough to be considered as a margin of error when recording benchmarks. Regardless, it does show that the PII 940 is marginally faster. However, for someone who does not work with 3DSMax this is a non issue.
- The i3 also looses to the PII in Cinebench and POV Ray when it comes to rending 3D content / models. However, it is also a non issue for people who do not work with 3D modeling.


Outside of games, the benchmarks shows that the Phenom II X4 940 (and most likely the 840) can beat the Core i3 in certain tasks. However, the question is if those tasks are relevant to the person who will be deciding between the PII X4 840 and the Core i3-2120.
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